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April 28, 2013

Rangers blanked by Twins, lose back-to-back for first time

Minnesota's first shutout of the season leaves Texas with a split of the four-game series.

MINNEAPOLIS – Going into Sunday, the Texas Rangers were the only team in the majors that had yet to lose consecutive games. That’s no longer the case.

The Rangers were the first team shutout by the Twins in a 5-0 loss at Target Field, a day after a 7-2 loss. Texas and Minnesota split the four-game series.

Rangers starter Alexi Ogando took the loss despite turning in a quality start. He allowed three runs on four hits with two walks and three strikeouts over six innings. The Twins took a 1-0 lead in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Chris Parmelee, and then extended it to 3-0 on a two-out, two-run homer by Justin Morneau in the sixth.

Minnesota cushioned its lead with two runs in the seventh.

The Rangers didn’t get anything going offensively against Twins righty Kevin Correia, who had his best start of the season. Correia threw eight shutout innings, scattering six hits, and reliever Casey Fien worked around a one-out single in a scoreless ninth.

Texas had its first two batters reach in the fourth inning, but it didn’t score either. The Rangers also left two on base in the fifth, and finished the game by going 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position.

-- Drew Davison

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